Tag Archives: medicine

Here’s how a $50 drug ends up costing you $700 in America’s healthcare system

LINETTE LOPEZ Pharmacists around the country are agitated. For years they’ve been watching their customers struggle to pay for prescription drugs, even when they have generic or over-the-counter alternatives. These drugs are supposed to treat simple, everyday ailments, like acid reflux and heartburn. In the case of acid reflux, the drug in question is Nexium, […]

overtesting and overtreatment

There are many reasons why physicians engage in overtesting and overtreatment. Much emphasis has been placed on perverse financial incentives that reinforce such behavior, as well as on commercial marketing efforts designed to create demand for more testing, diagnosis, and treatment.1 2 3 4 5 Physicians themselves mostly cite fear of legal (malpractice) claims as […]

How To Manage Your Lifestyle As A Doctor

Dr. Pritam Pankaj It was about 15 years ago when I chose Dermatology as my specialty. I rejected glorified world of hernia, hemorrhoids, diarrhea and vomit for the glamour of Psoriasis, Acne and Herpes. Jokes apart, it was a lifestyle choice for me. Dermatologists can sleep through the night. Nocturnal Cellulitis medical emergencies are uncommon. […]

Fundamentals Of Medical Ethics

During our MBBS days, the topic of Medical Ethics was probably included in Forensic Medicine and was never stressed. In these days of Consumer Awareness and doctors having been brought under the purview of Consumer Forums, there is a need for every practicing doctor to be aware of the basics of medical ethics. A common […]

Equalise number of UG, PG medical seats: Devi Shetty

#88926355 / gettyimages.com Equalise number of UG, PG medical seats: Devi Shetty Bangalore, Jul 29, 2013, DHNS : The Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the Association of Healthcare Providers India (AHPI) have written to the Ministry of Health demanding equalisation of medical seats in undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses. At a press conference on […]

Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession

August 29, 2014 11:16 AM American physicians are increasingly unhappy with their once-vaunted profession, and that malaise is bad for their patients By SANDEEP JAUHAR All too often these days, I find myself fidgeting by the doorway to my exam room, trying to conclude an office visit with one of my patients. When I look […]

Listen up, doctors: Here’s how to talk to your patients

Introduction It is said that over 80% of diagnoses are made on history alone, a further 5-10% on examination and the remainder on investigation.[1] Whether this adage is true or not may be open to debate but it is clear that history and examination skills remain at the very core of clinical practice. This record […]

How essential is morality to health care practice?

Medicine – Still a Noble profession? COUNTER POINT DR FIAZ FAZILI SmallerDefaultLarger   Over centuries, the Medical fraternity has maintained the ethical standards. Their magnificent contributions and landmark discoveries in medical sciences and innovations in diagnostic and therapeutic techniques have revolutionized patient care, saved countless lives, and significantly improved longevity and the quality of human […]

Personal Observations on the Changing Scene In American Medicine: 1955 to 2010

                 Clifton K. Meador, M.D. When I entered private practice in 1962 (after graduating from medical school in 1955, completing a medical residency, serving  two years in the Army Medical Corps, and completing a NIH Fellowship in Endocrinology), there was no Medicare, no Medicaid, and very little medical insurance of any kind. Patients paid cash, […]

How Medicine Became a Growth Business

Posted on May 16, 2011 by Maggie Mahar Below, a guest post by Dr. Clifton Meador. Over the years, Meador has practiced as a family doctor, an epidemiologist, a health care administrator and Dean of the University of Alabama Medical School. He also has published many books and articles including a tale set in the not too distant future […]

income of psychiatrists

With an average annual income of $197,000, psychiatrists rank 6th from the bottom in earnings compared with other specialists, but they are rich in optimism, according to Medscape Psychiatrist Compensation Report 2014. As in other years, orthopedists are the earning leaders, followed by cardiologists. Urologists and gastroenterologists are tied for third place. The lowest earners […]

Should there be an ‘Exit Test’ for MBBS graduates?

  GUEST ARTICLES Should there be an ‘Exit Test’ for MBBS graduates? Saturday, March 22, 2014 by Dr Praveenlal Kuttichira Tweet ‘The Hitavada – The People’s Paper’ of March 10 carried an article titled MCI clears ‘Exit Test’ for MBBS pass-outs. The article was written by Mr Vikas Vaidya from Nagpur dated Feb 9. The matter never appeared […]

$1 million mistake: Becoming a doctor

ISTOCKPHOTO  Shares  Tweets  Stumble   Email More + (MoneyWatch) If you are brilliant, ambitious and gifted in science, you may consider becoming a doctor. If so, think twice. According to a new survey by personal finance site NerdWallet, most doctors are dissatisfied with the job, and less than half would choose a career in medicine if they […]

The ethics of the placebo in clinical practice

  P Lichtenberg, U Heresco-Levy, U Nitzan +Author Affiliations Herzog Hospital, and Hadassah Medical School—Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel Correspondence to:
 Dr P Lichtenberg
 Herzog Hospital, POB 35300, Jerusalem 91351, Israel;licht@cc.huji.ac.il Accepted 2 June 2003 Abstract While discussions of the ethics of the placebo have usually dealt with their use in a research context, the authors address […]

coma

Coma is unresponsiveness from which the patient cannot be aroused. Impaired consciousness refers to similar, less severe disturbances of consciousness; these disturbances are not considered coma. The mechanism for coma or impaired consciousness involves dysfunction of both cerebral hemispheres or of the reticular activating system (also known as the ascending arousal system). Causes may be […]

delirium tremens

What is delirium tremens? Delirium tremens (the DTs) is a severe reaction to withdrawal from alcohol. Delirium tremens can be deadly. The DTs usually start 24 to 72 hours after a person who is dependent on alcohol either stops or limits drinking. What is the cause? Chronic drinking changes the way the body and brain […]

mri

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ MRI uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of thin slices of tissues (tomographic images). Normally, protons within tissues spin to produce tiny magnetic fields that are randomly aligned. When surrounded by the strong magnetic field of an MRI device, the magnetic axes align along that […]

ct scan

_ _ _ _ _ n CT, an x-ray source and x-ray detector housed in a doughnut-shaped assembly move circularly around a patient who lies on a motorized table that is moved through the machine. Usually, multidetector scanners with 4 to 64 or more rows of detectors are used because more detectors allow quicker scanning […]

headache

_ _ _ _ _ Headache is pain in any part of the head, including the scalp, face (including the orbitotemporal area), and interior of the head. Headache is one of the most common reasons patients seek medical attention. Pathophysiology Headache is due to activation of pain-sensitive structures in or around the brain, skull, face, […]

chorea

_ _ _ Chorea is nonrhythmic, jerky, rapid, nonsuppressible involuntary movements, mostly of distal muscles or the face; movements may merge imperceptibly into purposeful or semipurposeful acts that mask the involuntary movements. Athetosis is nonrhythmic, slow, writhing, sinuous movements predominantly in distal muscles, often alternating with postures of the proximal limbs to produce a continuous, […]